1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a
fading flower which is at the head of the lush valleys of those who are overcome with
2 Behold, the Lord is a mighty and strong one, like a hailstorm, a destroying storm; like
a flood of mighty waters overflowing, He casts down to the earth with the hand.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trampled under foot;
4 and the glorious beauty at the head of the lush valley shall be a fading flower, and as
the first-ripe fruit before the summer; which, the one looking at it swallows up while it is
yet in his hand.
5 In that day Jehovah of Hosts shall be for a crown of glory and for a diadem of beauty
to the rest of His people,
6 and for a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who
turn back the battle at the gate.
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink have gone astray. The
priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink; they are swallowed up by wine;
they have gone astray through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and excrement; no place is clean.
9 To whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand the
message? Those weaned from the milk and removed from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon
line; here a little, there a little;
11 for with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people.
12 To whom He said, This is the rest; cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing.
Yet they were not willing to hear.
13 But the Word of Jehovah was to them, Precept upon precept, precept upon precept;
line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little; that they might go and fall
backward, and be broken and snared and caught.
14 Therefore hear the Word of Jehovah, you scornful men who rule this people in
15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and we have made an
agreement with Sheol; when the overflowing scourge shall have gone and passed
through, it shall not come upon us; for we have made lies our refuge, and we have hidden
ourselves under falsehood.
16 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah, Behold, I have founded in Zion a Stone, a tried
Stone, a precious Cornerstone, a sure Foundation; he who trusts in It shall not be anxious.
17 Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; and the
hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be covered over, and your agreement with Sheol
shall not stand; when the overwhelming scourge shall pass through, then you shall be
trampled down by it.
19 From the time that it goes out it shall take you; for morning by morning it shall pass
over, by day and by night; and it shall be a terror just to understand the report.
20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the cover is too narrow to wrap oneself
21 For Jehovah shall rise up as at Mount Perazim; He will be angry as in the valley of
Gibeon, so that He may do His deeds, His strange deeds; and bring to pass His works, His
22 So then do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the
Lord Jehovah of Hosts that an annihilation is decreed upon the whole earth.
23 Give ear and hear my voice; listen, and hear my speech.
24 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? Does he loosen and harrow his ground?
25 When he has leveled its surface, does he not scatter the black cumin and sprinkle the
cumin, and plant the wheat in rows and mark off the barley and spelt in their boundaries?
26 For God instructs him to do right; and teaches him.
27 For the black cumin is not threshed with a threshing instrument, nor is a cart wheel
turned on cumin; but the black cumin is beaten out with a stick and the cumin with a rod.
28 Bread flour is ground. But one does not continue treading and threshing it; nor does
he destroy it with his cart wheel; nor pulverize it with his horse.
29 This also comes forth from Jehovah of Hosts, who is wonderful in counsel, and
excels in sound wisdom.